Middle Grades Education
Teacher candidates who successfully complete the Middle Grades Education program will be certified to teach in two content areas, grades 4-8.

Why study Middle Grades Education at Coastal Georgia?

The Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education prepares candidates for a career teaching in grades 4-8 in two areas of concentration: language arts, mathematics, social studies, and/or science.

Coastal Georgia graduates

Working in a dynamic cohort model, teacher candidates learn to teach through practice-based coursework, extensive field-based learning in 4th-8th grade classrooms, community-based experiences, and the development of research-based and responsive teaching practices. Dedicated faculty engage teacher candidates in service-learning, undergraduate research, grant work, and professional presentations.

Our teacher education programs at the College of Coastal Georgia are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).

What will I learn?

The Middle Grades Education program integrates a focus on young adolescent development, cross-content literacy, facilitating positive learning environments, responsive pedagogy, and subject-specific instruction. Throughout the program and under the mentorship of faculty and 4-8 grade educators, teacher candidates participate in variety of diverse field experiences. During the final year of study, teacher candidates engage in a year-long clinical teaching experience.

What can I do when I graduate?

Our graduates are in high demand and are poised to begin teaching careers in schools and/or pursue a higher degree in the profession.


Prior to enrolling in the semester that begins the teacher candidate's professional education sequence course of work, students are required to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Applications for admission are due on or before March 1 prior to the Junior year, fall semester. Admission is competitive in nature, and successful candidates must meet the following minimum criteria:
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all coursework
  • completion of the GACE Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment
  • a grade of C or better in all Area F courses
  • completion of Areas A-F in the core curriculum
  • successful submission of three Teacher Candidate Disposition Evaluations (at least one from an EDUC professor)
  • proof of insurance for tort liability purposes
  • completion of GaPSC issued Pre-Service Certificate
  • a successful criminal background check (conducted by the GaPSC)
  • completion of a Lawful Presence Affidavit

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all courses in the major with a grade of C or higher.
  • Satisfactory performance in all field experiences, including the on-going demonstration of professional dispositions required of teachers as professionals.
  • Attempt the GACE content assessments associated with the degree field. *An "attempt" requires that assessment scores are received by the Department of Education and Teacher Preparation prior to program completion/graduation.
  • Overall grade point average of 2.5


Contact Information:

Dr. Amy Sneed

Chair, Department of Education and Teacher Preparation and Assistant Professor of Middle Grades and Education